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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday

A massive new offshore wind project, a Danish baby food recall, and a walrus who lost his way are among the top news stories in Denmark this Wednesday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Wednesday
Marine biologists thought it was a "once in a lifetime" occurrence to spot a walrus on Danish shores in January. That is, until they found the second this May. Photo: Astrid Dalum/Scanpix 2022

Denmark bets big on offshore wind

Leaders from Denmark, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands will convene today in Esbjerg to discuss details of an ambitious plan to increase offshore wind energy in the North Sea to at least 150 gigawatts by 2050. 

The project will create thousands of jobs, Kristian Jensen, CEO of Green Power Denmark, an organisation that advocates for renewable energy, told Danish newswire Ritzau. “This agreement calls for massive investments” — to the tune of more than 1,000 billion Danish kroner — “in the production of more renewable energy,” Jensen said. “And Denmark has a head start because we have the entire value chain from the smallest details to the large constructions.” 

Denmark will be responsible for 35 of the 150 planned gigawatts, Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten reports — up from 2.3 gigawatts in Danish waters in the North Sea today. To hit that mark, Denmark expects to install 10,000 new large wind turbines. 

The 150 gigawatts would cover the electric needs of about 230 million European households — about half the population of the EU. 

“It is necessary if we are to be free of fossil fuels. And if we are to get rid of Russian oil and gas quickly,” Jensen adds. 

Finland and Sweden apply for Nato membership today 

Finland and Sweden are set to make their historic bids for Nato membership today, despite objections from Turkey. 

READ ALSO: Norway and Denmark give guarantee to Nordic neighbours over Nato bids

Lead found in Danish baby food 

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has found lead in carrot puree made by Semper Danmark, according to a press release. 

The contaminated food was sold in eight stores, including branches of MENY, Spar, and Superland, the press release said. 

Where’s walrus? 

A walrus has set up camp in Østerby Harbor on Læsø, a Danish island in the Kattegat straight off Jutland’s northeastern shores, Danish broadcaster DR reports. 

Fewer than 10 walruses have been documented in Denmark since 1900 — but 2022 has been a red-letter walrus year, with another walrus spotted in the seaport of Hirtshals in North Jutland. 

“I thought it was once in a lifetime when a walrus in Hirtshals a few weeks ago, but now there is one again,” Annika-Corrina Toth, a biologist at the North Sea Oceanarium, told DR. 

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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Everything you need to know about the Tour de France and the release of the inquiry into the 2020 mink scandal are Denmark's headline news this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

Tour de Denm—uh, France 

It’s an overcast day in Copenhagen for the Grand Départ, the official kickoff of the Tour de France, at 4 p.m. Don’t be fooled when the clouds briefly part midmorning — they’ll be back with a vengeance later this afternoon with the potential to drizzle on late finishers of the time trial (including frontrunner Tadej Podegar, who’s expected to finish about 7:10 p.m.). The Danish Meteorological Institute has put out a warning  for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms for the Copenhagen area from 6-11 p.m. 

A poncho would be in order if you’re planning to watch the riders in person today, and make contingency plans for any outdoor celebrations. 

READ ALSO: Five great spots to see the Tour de France in Denmark 

How to watch the trials 

Danish streaming platform TV2 will host coverage of the Tour, as will Discovery+ in Denmark. 

If you’re watching abroad, the United States offers a selection of streaming services — the USA channel will provide live coverage, through NBC, you’ve got Peacock (their proprietary streaming platform), and the NBC Sports app. 

In the UK, ITV4 and the ITV Hub streaming service are free to watch. 

How to get around in Copenhagen today 

Between street closures, sporadically-open pedestrian crossings, and throngs of fans, trying to get from point A to point B in downtown Copenhagen will be a challenge today. 

The Tour de France team has provided an interactive map (here’s the English version) to help you navigate, including information on those pedestrian crossings of the route, public toilets, and hydration stations (though with the rain, that might be redundant). 

READ ALSO: How will the Tour de France affect traffic and travel in Denmark? 

….and a harsh mink report for Mette Frederiksen 

If all this cycling news leaves you asking, ‘but what about the mink?’, you’ll be thrilled to learn the independent commission tasked with investigating government decisions surrounding the 2020 culling of millions of the weasel-like animals has released its final report. It’s a monster at almost 2,000 pages. 

The commission finds fault with prime minister Mette Frederiksen, who, they say, made “grossly misleading” statements about the legal basis of the mink cull at a November 2020 press conference. 

The report says 10 officials, largely department heads from the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of the Environment and Food, the National Police, and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, should be held accountable. 

On the hot seat are Barbara Bertelsen, head of the prime minister’s department, and Mogens Jensen, former minister of food, agriculture, and fisheries.

The decision to cull the mink fell under Jensen’s purview and the commission found Jensen was aware the government had no legal authority and lied to parliament about it. Jensen resigned just two weeks after the decision was made. 

READ ALSO: Danish PM ‘grossly misled’ during mink announcement